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ACC Notes: Not the best way to advertise

Might ACC commissioner John Swofford's face still be buried in his hands following the events leading up to the ACC title game.

Clemson and Georgia Tech will meet at 8 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) in Tampa, after losing to middle-of-the-road SEC teams last week. It doesn't help that the game is competing against the Big 12 title game, which features undefeated Texas and Colt McCoy.

Moreover, viewers have further reason to ignore the game as C.J. Spiller's Heisman chances appear to be shot after two uninspiring performances against South Carolina and Virginia.

THUMBS UP

The Gator Bowl

The Jacksonville-based bowl has an interesting idea to increase interest in its game Jan. 1 game: Match Florida State coach Bobby Bowden in his last game against West Virginia, his first FBS head coaching stop. The Chick-fil-A Bowl is expected to select Virginia Tech. And the Florida Times-Union reports the Gator Bowl can turn down the loser of the ACC title game and select any team that finishes at least 4-4 in the conference. Florida State finished 6-2 and 4-4 in the ACC. However, there is an NCAA rule that must be waived, mandating all seven-win teams find bowl homes before any six-win teams.

Paul Johnson

Two years in the ACC. Two ACC Coach of the Year honors. Paul Johnson's been running the same flexbone offense since he was an offensive coordinator at Georgia Southern in the late 1980s. And it's continued to perplex opponents at head coaching stops at Georgia Southern, Navy and Georgia Tech. Now the question is how long will Johnson remain at Georgia Tech?

Ryan Williams

The Virginia Tech running back was named the ACC's Freshman of the Year this week. Williams showed an impressive blend of power and speed this season averaging 5.7 yards per carry, while totaling 1,538 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. He could be in the Heisman mix next season.

THUMBS DOWN

Handling the changeover of power at FSU

From Andrew Carter of the Orlando Sentinel: "Bobby Bowden's retirement announcement didn't come after his players carried him off the field after a Florida State victory, and it didn't come in any other manner befitting of a man who will be remembered as one of the great coaches in college football history. Instead, it came here on a gray Tuesday afternoon, in the form of a five-page press release that left the most important questions surrounding his departure unanswered." It's not how you expect a coach with a 34-year tenure and two national titles to leave the game.

The ACC runner up's bowl berth

The Chick-fil-A Bowl doesn't appear to want the loser of the Ga. Tech-Clemson title game and neither does the Gator Bowl, which is leery of inviting a team coming off consecutive loses. It appears if Clemson isn't Orange Bowl bound it will be headed to Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando on Dec. 29 to face Wisconsin.

The ACC title game site

It was estimated only 27,000 actually attended last year's game in Tampa. Ticket sales are reportedly are up this year, but how full will Raymond James Stadium be Saturday? Count South Florida coach Jim Leavitt as one pleased the game will be moving to Charlotte next year. Leavitt's team plays its home games at the stadium, forced to finish away from home at cold-weather sites the last two seasons.

"They both lost games to SEC teams going into the championship," Leavitt told the St. Petersburg Times. "That looks kind of bad for the ACC. How are we against ACC teams? What's our record? Last five games, what, 4-1?"

HE SAID IT

"Nothing lasts forever, does it? But I've had some wonderful years at Florida State, you know it. Hadn't done as good lately as I wish I could have, but I've had wonderful years. No regrets,"

Florida State Bobby Bowden, who announced his resignation this week.

BY THE NUMBERS

6 - Kyle Parker's 2,082 passing yards are the sixth best freshman effort in ACC history.

30 - Number of times ACC teams broke 40 points scored for a game this season, the most for a single season.

10,065 - Duke's Thaddeus Lewis became the second ACC player - joining N.C. State 's Philip Rivers - and the 60th in NCAA history to throw for 10,000 or more yards for his career.

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